HE Support

Thinking of studying at higher education but not sure if you will succeed?

Got a place on a degree course and are now worried about your ability?

Don’t worry – we have the resources, time and plans in place to provide you with all the support you need to reach those high levels of achievement that you aspire to.

Hardship Fund

Money worries sap our energy and drive to improve ourselves. We have a pot of funds available to support you, in case of emergencies, while you are studying with us. You will still need to secure funding for the course fees via the Student Loan system, however if problems unexpectedly raise their head while you are studying, that threaten your ability to continue, then we may be able to offer some assistance.

Forms are available to enable you to apply for help – such circumstances might be childcare costs due to a partner being sick, or funeral travel costs if tragedy strikes. Support is available to help you with completing the forms from the HE admin team at Brannams.

Travel Bursary

We hope to enable students, however rurally remote they live, to have the opportunity to study a degree course here at Petroc. If transport is a particular problem please contact us at the beginning of the course via the student hardship application process, and some support may be available.

Study skill support

Has it been a long time since you have been in a classroom? Are you afraid of being a little rusty – or perhaps you just want to make sure that you can ‘hit the ground running’ to make the most of the learning opportunity? Well, you will be able to take advantage of a range of support available.

  • Summer workshops -There will be two workshops. One based at main site, Barnstaple, and the second at Tiverton campus during the second week of August. These are designed for IT/computer beginners, who need to make sure they can file documents, search the internet, send enclosed documents with emails etc. Following a full morning of face-to-face support, you will then have an online class to continue to embed your skills (with tutorial feedback) to ensure you are ready for the new term. These courses will have to be booked ahead of time as spaces will be limited. Contact the HE admin team to book.
  • Online course to brush up on study skills- This is ideal if you are fairly familiar with online resources but want to boost your confidence in research skills, referencing and essay/report structure etc. This will be available from the summer, but also all year round.
  • Extra study support– If, once you start studying, you find it is harder than you expected, or you find it tricky to understand referencing or essay structures, or perhaps following feedback on an assignment you want some help amending your mistakes, you can apply for some extra study support. The forms are available on the Moodle and you will be able to join small groups who meet frequently to provide you with the support you need to get going again.

This provision does not replace, but is available as well as, DSA funding for further support if you are dyslexic or have a significant learning need that we need to support you with. Apply to DSA in the first instance if you know you will need support at the beginning of the year. This provision can be put in place all year long, or you can opt to apply for some extra support during the year.

Well-being Drop-in Centre

Based at Brannams or in the study centre at Tiverton there will be someone available at certain times during the week to provide you with company and comfort if things get difficult or stresses pile up that prevent you from studying as successfully as you otherwise might. The times will be well-advertised and you will be able to sign up for a meeting at a time that suits you outside your scheduled lecture time. They will be good listeners, be able to recommend strategies to help or provide you with contact details of other organisations that will also be able to offer support.

Plymouth University

You must remember that you are also a Plymouth University student and the provision available to students at Plymouth are equally available to you. They have some excellent online resources for all shapes and sizes of problems and concerns from study skills, support with applying for students loans, to telephone counselling.